WILDFIRE STATUS UPDATE

On Saturday, firefighters made substantial progress against the Mountain Fire, which has been burning between Palm Springs and Idyllwild since Monday afternoon. As of Sunday morning, it is listed as 49% contained, with full containment expected by Friday, August 26. In the wake of overnight rains, and forecasted continuing thunderstorm

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WILDFIRE STATUS UPDATE

As of 11 p.m. Friday night the Mountain fire between Palm Springs and Idyllwild had grown to over 27000 acres, and was listed as 15% contained. Firefighters had been able to make excellent progress on the southeast side of the fire near Trails End on Morris Ranch Road in Garner

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CHP OFFERING START SMART DRIVING CLASS FOR TEEN DRIVERS

The local CHP is offering teen drivers a free “Start Smart” driving class. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to sign up for a class this coming Wednesday…

Drivers between 16 and 19 years old are three times more likely to get into a fatal accident than those between 30

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CHP TO CONDUCT DUI/DRIVERS LICENSE CHECKPOINT SUNDAY

The California Highway Patrol will conduct a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint Saturday, July 20. Officers will be stopping drivers at an undisclosed area in the unincorporated area of San Bernardino County sometime between the hours 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. Drivers will be checked for signs of alcohol or drug impairment,

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MOUNTAIN FIRE NOW AT 23,000 ACRES, SMOKE ADVISORY REMAINS

Day four of the nearby Mountain Fire sees firefighters making great progress in rocky terrain and high temperatures. Two C-130 aircraft Mobile Airborne Fire Fighting System, have been deployed by the 146th Air wing of the California National Guard. As weather conditions continue to change the fire remains active on

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ENVIRONMENTALISTS CALL FOR BLITZ OPPOSING COMMERCIAL SOLAR

The Morongo Basin Conservation Association is calling for a blitz of pleas to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on or before July 23, to urge extension of a moratorium on commercial solar energy development projects. Dan Stork has the background…

A public hearing before the County Board of

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TWO ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER IN TWENTYNINE PALMS BRAWL

Two Twentynine Palms men have been charged with attempted murder in last weekend’s brawl in Twentynine Palms in which a Marine was seriously injured, and other residents have been arrested on lesser charges. Sheriff’s investigators said a party had been held in the 73800 block of Sun Valley Drive Saturday

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SOLAR PANELS STOLEN IN TWENTYNINE PALMS, JOSHUA TREE

Solar power, the energy of the future, is also the newest target for thieves. The Sheriff’s Department received two reports this week of stolen solar panels, with a total value of nearly $13,000. Monday, Solar World, which has a solar field on Morongo Road near Twentynine Palms, reported an entire

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UFO CONFERENCE AUGUST 9-11 AT JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER

An upcoming UFO conference at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center will feature top UFO authors and researchers. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says tickets are now available… A best-selling author on UFOs and aliens will give a special presentation at a UFO conference in Joshua Tree. Jim Marrs, author of “Alien

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MOUNTAIN FIRE THREATENS IDYLLWILD, NOW ALMOST 20,000 ACRES

The Mountain Fire, bringing thick smoke into the Morongo Basin at times, was at almost 23,000 acres as of this morning and is 15 percent contained. Rapid movement of the fire has prompted an evacuation order of Idyllwild, Trails End, and Fern Valley. More than 4,100 residences and 100 commercial

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COFFEE WITH RAMOS PART 3: COURTS, RETAIL AND MENTAL HEALTH

In the final installment on the meeting of Supervisor James Ramos with local media on Monday, reporter Dan Stork reports on responses to questions about court services, retail development guidelines, and mental health services… When asked about the future of local court services, Ramos said he has been working with

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TWO MORE ARRESTS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS BRAWL, MORE ON THE INVESTIGATION

In an update to a story we ran Tuesday about a weekend brawl in Twentynine Palms, two more people have been arrested. Sheriff’s investigators said shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday morning, deputies were called to a fight in the 6000 block of Ocotillo Avenue, where they found a Marine who

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT IN BUSY SESSION

The Hi-Desert Water District Board meets in regular session tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff says stand-by fees, employee rules, and information for the sewer project are all on the busy agenda… The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors will hold its regular monthly meeting tonight. Among the items on the

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NEW PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT COMING TO YUCCA VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER

New playground equipment is scheduled to be installed at the Yucca Valley Community Center this summer. The Town Council recently awarded a $188,000 contract for replacement of existing playground equipment which no longer complies with state safety standards. The project is funded through Community Development Block Grants through the County.

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MORONGO VALLEY COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT MEETS WITH BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING TONIGHT

The Morongo Valley CSD Board meets tonight in closed and open session. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the meeting includes a public hearing… Following a closed session performance evaluation of the general manager, the Morongo Valley Community Services District Board will hold a public hearing for adoption of the annual budget

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NEARBY MOUNTAIN FIRE RAGES, SMOKE ADVISORY REMAINS IN AFFECT

A nearby fire continues to rage today and a smoke advisory remains in affect here in our Morongo Basin. Over 2,200 firefighters continue to battle the Mountain fire that started just west of Highway 243 near Mountain Center Monday afternoon. As of this morning, the U.S. Forest Service says the

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COFFEE WITH RAMOS 2 OF 3, REGIONAL MACs, DISCRETIONARY FUNDS

Following “Coffee with the Supervisor” Monday morning, during which members of the public presented Supervisor James Ramos with individual concerns, local media had their own time slot in which to ask questions. In this second of three-part report, Dan Stork says that reporters used the opportunity to probe Ramos in

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ARRESTED FOR FELONY SPOUSAL ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested early Sunday morning after her ex-boyfriend said she bit him. According to a Sheriff’s report, the ex-boyfriend of Elizabeth Espericueta, 35, told dispatchers he was trying to drive her home from the 7200 block of Adobe Road about 2 a.m. when she started “flipping

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ARRESTED AN SERIES OF WARRANTS

A Yucca valley woman was arrested early Sunday morning after a caller told police she was wanted in two counties. According to a police report, Sheriff’s dispatch was notified shortly after midnight Sunday morning that Bree Lewis, 22, was living in an apartment in the 56800 block of Antelope Trail.

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COFFEE WITH RAMOS, PART 1 OF THREE: PUBLIC QUESTIONS

During the inaugural “Coffee with the Supervisor” gathering and the subsequent media-only session at the Bob Burke Government Center in Joshua Tree Monday morning, Supervisor James Ramos fielded a wide range of questions. In the first of three reports, Dan Stork tells what issues were raised by the general public.

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